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COVID-19 Update Monday 12th April 2021

Further to the lifting of restrictions on Monday 12th April 2021 the NOA reserves and car parks remain open to visitors but hides remain closed. We are hoping to be able to open hides to visitors on Monday 17th May 2021 in line with expected changes to government restrictions, and will post further updates on this page prior to the changes commencing.
We continue to thank all our members and visitors for their patience, and for continuing to keep our staff and visitors safe.



Trial of Booking System for NWT Holme Dunes From Saturday 24th April



Owing to recent visitor numbers, NWT Holme Dunes Reserve is trialling a booking system for its Car Park. Until 6th September 2021 those members and visitors wishing to park in the NWT Car Park will need to book online for Weekends, Bank Holidays, or in School Holidays to ensure they can get a place. Booking is not necessary outside these times, and is not required for access to any other part of the reserve. Parking remains free for NWT members and blue badge holders.
This may affect many of our members, and we would like to clarify that NOA members do not need to book to use the NOA car park at any time between dawn and dusk. For NOA members who also belong to NWT and wish to visit both reserves, please park in the NOA car park if you do not wish to book in advance for the Holme Dunes Reserve Car Park.

Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 20th November 2019

A Great White Egret was again present on the grazing marsh early morning and around the Observatory two male Blackcaps were ringed during the day. Out at sea four Harbour Porpoises were a surprise find, feeding just offshore. The Tawny Owl that has been calling regularly during the day over the last week or so was finally tracked down to its daytime roost site high up in the conifers.
Roosting Tawny Owl
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Norfolk Black-necked Grebe still 3.22pm Ormesby Little Broad from viewing platform tho mobile
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still 3.09pm viewable north from gate by road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay (+Swallow flew south) TF.911.441
Norfolk Scaup fem Welney WWT from Main Observatory at 2.19pm
Norfolk ISABELLINE WHEATEAR 1w still this a'noon Cley NWT east of north end of East Bank at east end of Arnold's Marsh +showing well
Norfolk Great White Egret just east of Old Hunstanton in sheep field by junction
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Ormesby Little Broad
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still viewable north from gate by road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay at 12.56pm TF.911.441
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Burnham Overy Staithe still in channel from car park at 12.43pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still on Lady Fen at 11.50am tho distant
Norfolk 50+Snow Buntings Winterton still on beach
Norfolk 4.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still on saltmarsh (+Red-necked Grebe 6+Slav Grebes Velvet Scoter Long-tailed Duck +50.Snow Buntings flew west)
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still on Lady Fen by visitor centre late morning
Norfolk ISABELLINE WHEATEAR 1w still mid morning Cley NWT east of north end of East Bank at east end of Arnold's Marsh +showing well
Norfolk dead Black Guillemot 1w on Sunday Holme Dunes
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard flew over Hunstanton Cliffs +18.Waxwings flew over
Norfolk no sign of Eagle Owl Winterton at cricket pitch
Norfolk Red-throated Diver Wells harbour at 10.02am +showing well
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB still in car park at 8am +Great White Egret flew eas
Norfolk ISABELLINE WHEATEAR still Cley NWT east of north end of East Bank at east end of Arnold's Marsh (c60.Snow Buntings on shingle behind brackish pools)